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Giant City State Park Horse Trails

336 Church Road
Makanda, IL 62958
United States

Horse looking down canyon at other horse and rider at Giant City State Park, Makanda, IL
Rider trailriding horses under mossy bluffs at Giant City State Park
Horse and rider on forest trail near rocks in Giant City State Park
Horse and Rider trailriding under a bluff at Giant City State Park
Horse looking down canyon at other horse and rider at Giant City State Park, Makanda, IL
Rider trailriding horses under mossy bluffs at Giant City State Park
Horse and rider on forest trail near rocks in Giant City State Park
Horse and Rider trailriding under a bluff at Giant City State Park

Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park was named for the unique impressions made by its massive sandstone structures and a landscape like none other, with lush garments of fern, moss, flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and more than 75 varieties of towering trees.

Open Dates

May 1 - Oct. 31

Distance and Terrain
12.0 miles

Trail is a loop with half of the loop following the River to River trail.

Terrain is rugged with many sandstone bluffs and steep ravines.

Horses are NOT allowed on red cedar hiking trail.  Citations will be issued.

Camping
Yes.

Spaces:  25 Spaces

Cost: $20/night*

     *$30/night on the holidays of Memorial Day, 4th of July and corresponding weekend, and Labor Day.  Applies Mon to Fri. 3-day minimum stay. 

Amenities: water, primitive toilets, electricity, and hitching posts. Dump station, modern toilets, showers are a short walk to main campground.

Reservations: Reserve a space.

Parking

Designated horse trailer parking at the rear of the equestrian campground.

Additional Info

Hitching posts available at Giant City Lodge for equestrians to tie up during a meal or gift shop experience.

Alcohol is prohibited on horse trail.

Do not tie horses to trees.

All plants and animals are protected in state parks.  Take nothing, leave nothing.

Directions

To get to equestrian trailhead and equestrian camping, from Makanda travel South on Shiloh Rd. Turn left or East on Giant City Park Rd.  Less than a mile from the turn, the equestrian trailhead will be on the right on an unnamed road.

The horse rental stables are on the North side of the park off of Giant City Rd., which does not connect directly to Giant City Park Rd. where the equestrian camping is located.

Contact Info